Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Corner View: Begins with L

This week's corner view features the letter l.
I thought of this photo.
My Texas granddaughter recently turned two.
My daughter has a wonderful friend who takes incredible photos.
This is one of them and is one of my favorites.
Abigail leaving. 
She's off on an adventure.
I used this photo for the back of thank you cards I had made for her.
(My daughter is a big believer in writing thank you cards,
 which is one of many, many things I appreciate about her.)

For more corner views
head on over to Francesca's.

Monday, February 18, 2013

My birthday flowers share the love

This is a close up of my rose bouquet from my daughter and her family 
in Texas.
The previous post shows more.
It didn't register at the time as they were scrunched together for safe mailing,
but there were two dozens roses.
Two dozen pastel and white gorgeous roses.

My husband and I agree on how to celebrate my birthday.
He sends me flowers and takes me out to dinner.

This year he also bought me a cake from my favorite bakery.
It was delicious.

I was messing around with my camera options and tried this setting.

I have featured my posy vases before.
I'm a big fan of little vases or misc. containers that hold one or a few flowers.

So I got some of the posy vases out,
as well as some bigger options,
and began to divide the flowers and greenery 
after enjoying them in their original bouquets
 for almost seven days..
[I kept the roses together for four days
 and then only took a few out at a time.]

One of my favorite keepsakes--a crystal glass pitcher.
This is in the center of my dining room table.

This is the corner of the small chest of drawers in my grading corner.
The big arrangement is no more.

A favorite pitcher holds another combo 
and sits on a washstand in the dining room.


Corner of the sink in our only bathroom.

My jewelry chest in our bedroom.

On one of the kitchen counters--the one where my coffee pot sits.

I also took several to school to two dear friends.
One had bought me my first birthday cake in years.
The other simply needed cheering up.
Several others graced my desk in my classroom.
The girls loved them.

I just divided them up on Friday--that's how long they are lasting--
going on the second week and still looking good.
Some of the roses have finally drooped 
and I have peeled off the petals to dry for sachets.

So thanks to my husband and daughter,
flowers are lighting up various corners of the house
and for awhile several 'corners' of my school.
I'm very grateful to both.

I am gradually coming out of my reclusive February world.

This week's Prayer of Grace:
Dear Lord,
Today I will honor You with my thoughts,
my actions, and my prayers.
I will seek to please You,
and I will strive to serve You.
Your blessings are as limitless as Your love.
And because I have been so richly blessed, 
I will worship You, Father,
with thanksgiving in my heart
and praise on my lips,
this day and forever.

"God is not hard to please. 
He does not expect us to be absolutely perfect.
He just expects us to keep moving toward Him
and believing in Him,
letting Him work with us to bring us into conformity
to His will and ways."
Joyce Meyer

Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God 
has been miraculously given to us 
by getting to know, 
personally and intimately,
the One who invited us to God.
The best invitation we ever received!
2 Peter 1:3 MSG

The prayer, quote, and scripture 
are from 
"Day 77 Pleasing God"
100 Days of Grace for Women.

Blessings to you all as you go through this week!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Turning 59

I turned 59 last Friday.
It was a wonderful day and a superb weekend.
I took the weekend off to enjoy 'being'.
[I am a bit anxious as to how much that will cost me this coming school week!]

I've included some different shots with different settings
of the GORGEOUS roses sent to me 
by my daughter Sara and her husband and children in Texas.
Folks, I love fresh flowers and esp. pastel and white roses.
I felt like maybe I'd been an esp. good mother this year. ;)

A box of chocolate candy accompanied the roses.

I have been absent from the blogging world.
It's typical early February reclusiveness.
My mother died 14 years ago this month and I miss her so much,
but esp. on my birthday.
She spoiled me so and no one other than my dad has ever made me feel
 so incredibly special 
as she did.
I've learned to just retreat some and meditate on my blessings--
it wards off the depression of the old days.

This Week's Prayer of Grace
Dear Lord,
when I open my heart to You, 
I am blessed.
Today, I will praise You, Father,
as I accept Your love and Your wisdom.
And, I will do my best to continue to grow in my faith
every day that I live.

This is why I remind you to keep using the gift God gave you 
when I laid my hands on you.
Now let it grow,
as a small flame grows into a fire.
2 Timothy 1:6 NCV

Blessings to you all as you begin this week!